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Rob Zombie Recalls Working On ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ & A Porno Mag, Speaks Of White Zombie’s Breakup


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Rob Zombie shared numerous details of his life in a newly published feature over at Teamrock.com. It in part covered his days jobs before White Zombie really took off in the early 1990’s and why that band ultimately came to an end. He said of his employment at the time:

“I was working as a bike messenger in New York City, which is the worst job ever, as far as I’m concerned. It keeps you in shape, but otherwise it sucks. After that I got a job at a TV production house as a production assistant on [CBS kid’s show] ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse,’ and that was pretty good. After that job finished I did graphic design on porno magazines.”

When asked if he was paid to make the pages look “aesthetically pleasing,” he commented:

“Nah, I just had to make sure everything was straight. Nobody was really concerned with it looking pleasing; I just had to make sure that the spread-pussy shots didn’t end up where the staples were. It was a great job, because I made good money. And that was the last job I ever had, and that was back in 1990 or something.”

When asked why White Zombie broke up back in 1998, he explained:

“It had run its course. Bands are weird: you start them at a certain age and you’re supposed to stick together forever, like you’re gonna always be teenagers with the same mindset. Success is a big thing that you can never plan for, because it affects everybody differently. I don’t want to blame myself or anyone else in the band – it’s just that the band didn’t work any more. Rather than continuing on and making shitty records and having it all fall apart, I thought ‘Let’s just end it on a high point.'”

When pointed out that his solo career began quickly after the band’s breakup:

“Yeah, I actually ended up being more successful than White Zombie, which I didn’t know I would be. There’s not a long track record of people having more successful solo careers after leaving bands, especially in the hard rock field. It’s pretty much only Ozzy, so there wasn’t a lot of people to look to. I just wanted to be happy being in a band, so I thought ‘Even if my solo career is a quarter as successful as White Zombie, I don’t give a shit, it’ll still be great.’ But then when it went on, and was actually the same or bigger, it was awesome.”

For more from Zombie on White Zombie, his movies and more, head to Teamrock.com.

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